GLEN HEARNS is the principal of Eco-Logical Resolutions and co-director of the Transboundary Water Initiative at the University of British Columbia. He has worked in over 23 countries throughout the globe on a variety of assignments related to water, energy, mining and health. With over 25 years of professional work in resource management and decision making, conflict resolution and strategic planning, he brings a wealth of experience to the table. Most recently, he advises the government of Afghanistan on its transboundary water issues and was hired by the World Bank to lead their capacity building efforts in international waters in Afghanistan.
His research and work focuses on applying structured approaches to make strategic choices around resource use and policy, and promoting cooperation over shared resource. He has applied this to various sectors including water management, waste disposal, energy, local economic development, biology and conservation. His clients range from local communities, municipalities, regional governments, First Nations, national governments and international organizations. Between 1998-2001, he helped facilitate the Crucible Group: an international multi-disciplinary international think tank on genetic resources.
He holds a PhD from the Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability of UBC (combined with Law), an MSc. in Policy Planning from IHE Delft (The Netherlands), and a BSc. in Geophysics from the University of Waterloo.
Eco-Logical Resolutions has a network of professionals to call upon when approaching a problem so that nothing is too unique to be solved.
Most personally rewarding project : Working with the Ticuna indians in the Amazon to develop genetic resource protection legislation in Colombia. I learned that despite lots of preparation there are always elements of the equation that are unpredictable. Very unpredictable - but immensely rewarding.